Nagaike Takeshi: 妖美 japoniSMe (1995)

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Nagaike Takeshi: 妖美 japoniSMe (1995)  Editor: Dan Oniroku

This huge format hardbound book, edited by Dan Oniroku, features photos in a ”glamour” style.

Ropework is by Nagaike Takeshi, who in the same year also published two other books in the same style, see my earlier post here: https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/1750/

Photographer: Seitaro Shimizu

Rope: Nagaike Takeshi

Models: Saori Taira, Emi Sugita, Miki Sho & Mayu Tsukasa

Publisher: ワニマガジン社, 1995 (There is also a second edition of the same book, from the year 2000, with a red cover.)

ISBN 4-89829-235-6

PS As I mentioned in the earlier post, Zetsu did a thorough write-up about Nagaike Takeshi’s stay in the US, and his collaboration with Ernest Greene. They also did two movies together, one set in the USA (”Bondage of the Rising Sun”), and one set in Tokyo, Japan (”Rope of the Rising Sun”). As far as I know, they were only released on VHS and have never been digitalized. I recently got my hands on the film set in Japan (images below). The movie is from 1997, and features in addition to Nakaike, ”the world-renowned domina Midori (in her first-ever video performance)” and the models Jill Kelly and Randi Rage.

A quote from Zetsu’s interview with the photographer Ken Marcus: ”Until I had worked with Takeshi, I was under the impression that Japanese Kinbaku had to be a structured and traditional ritual art form. What I learned during my week of watching Takeshi was how interpretive and free-form rope can be. He would incorporate the environment, utilize furniture and ordinary objects into his rope/human compositions.” Source: http://www.kinbakutoday.com/americas-first-japanese-bakushi/

 

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Vincent Guilbert: Fragments of a Whisper (2016)

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The french filmmaker Vincent Guilbert worked for many years on a movie with Akira Naka, called  牡丹の囁き (”The Peony’s Whisper”).

On his website, Guilbert presents the movie with the following words:

”Details from a portrait of Akira Naka, through the otherness of image and speech; broken up memory, fragmented time, reminiscences of places, moments, faces and bodies, during a back-and-forth between the recollections of a child and the aspirations of a man in his fifties…” (Source: http://www.jikken-karasu.com/films/the-peony-s-whisper?lang=en )

This small beautiful book, bound with an intensely red thread, published by Romantic Press in a limited edition of 100 copies, features stills from the movie, accompanied by exact time-references in hours, minutes and seconds, and a short presentation of the project (in Japanese).

Relevant to the interests of the readers of this blog, I may mention that Guilbert in 2006 made a documentary movie about the porn-actress and Kinbaku-model Maki Tomoda. In the movie, you get to see a few glimpses of Naka in action as well. The DVD was released in a very limited edition of 80 copies. I am happy to have it in my collection, and include an image of it below (though I generally abstain from posting about anything else but printed materials).  More about the movie here: http://www.jikken-karasu.com/films/kage-no-hikari-37?lang=en

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Nureki Chimuo: 36 ties in ”SM Select” (1988)

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Nureki Chimuo: Nureki Ryu Shibarikata: 36 tutorials (濡木流縛り方教室 36講座)

in ”SM Select” special issue, March 1988 (縄化粧 小説SMセレクト)

This special issue of SM Select, with its non-spectacular cover, has a spectacular content. More than 200 pages, with 36 Nureki ties, photographed and commented in text, step by step, sometimes in series with more than 20 images for one tie. The tutorials include some suspensions, some hasira-ties, and some using a thin thread.

In addition to the tutorials, which are in black and white (and quite small), there are also sections in full colour of beautiful rope-scenes with Nurekis work.

No ISBN

 

Ueda Seishiro: Kinbaku Photo Senshu (1971)

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Ueda Seishiro: Kinbaku Photo Senshu (1971)

Ueda Seishiro was a (younger) friend of Itoh Seiu.

Ueda was responsible for the tying in a special issue of Yomikiri Romance in the summer of 1952, something Master ‘K’, in The Beauty of Kinbaku, calls this ”the first commercial publication completely dedicated to shibari/kinbaku photography (…) a groundbreaking event in SM publishing”. See my earlier post here: Yomikiri Romance

According to SMpedia, Ueda attended Itohs funeral in 1961.

In the early 1970s, Ueda published a series of photo-book anthologies called ”Kinbaku Photo Senshu” (緊縛フォト選集). In many of the photos, a table is tilted on the side or upside-down and put to good use. I also recognize some of the photos from another publication from the same time-period: Kinbaku-bi. See my earlier posts here: Kinbaku-bi

Here are some examples from three ”Kinbaku Photo Senshu”-books:

エロスの狂宴 (January 1971)

恍惚の美学 (March 1971)

薔薇聖女 (April 1971)

PS

Ueda was also responsible for the bondage in the movie ”Daydreams” (白日夢), directed by Tetsuji Takechi, based on a script by Tanizaki Yunichiro. Please note that there are four versions of ”Daydreams”, from 1964, 1981, 1987 and 2009, Ueda only did the bondage for the 1981-version. It is available (as are many other movies) with English subtitles here: http://japaneiga.free.fr/pinku.html

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Kinoko, Hourai & Naka: Kinbaku Kitan

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Kinoko, Hourai & Naka:  緊縛綺譚 (Kinbaku Kitan)

It is rare to find such a concentration of quality in one single publication as is the case here.

Master Kinbaku photographer Sugiura Norio has put together photos from multiple shootings with Kinoko, Hourai and Naka. Pictures capturing something like 20 models doing outstanding work is included.

Biographies of the photographer and the three bakushi are included, as well as individual picture bylines crediting the models, in English as well as Japanese. (Although in a poetic and enigmatic moment, the English bio of Hourai ends with the note: ”Text not translated from the Japanese version of Hourai’s profile above”.)

A4-size, soft-cover, 98 pages, full colour.

Photo: Sugiura Norio

ISBN 978-4-7769-1589-8

Publisher: Sanwa, 2016

Kinoko Hajime: Ichi-go Ichi-e

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Kinoko Hajime: Ichi-go Ichi-e (一期一会)

This amazing ”photo-essay-book” celebrates Kinoko’s 10th anniversary as a rope-artist. And what a decade it has been!

Both a retrospective, and packed with recent works, it features a lot of photos (all in color) – including some exploring the art of flower-arrangements, using the human body as the ”stem” . But, for an english-speaking audience, perhaps the biggest treat is that the whole book is bi-lingual. Kinoko comments on most of the photos, there is a long interview and reflections on his plural styles.

Excerpt from the preface:

”It has been 10 years since I began calling myself ‘Kinoko Hajime’. ‘Ichigo Ichie’ (a Japanese four letter idiom translated as ‘never again’ or ‘once in a lifetime’) is the title of the book, but Kinbaku is also ‘Ichigo Ichie’; you cannot tie the same more than once. The partner you are facing is different each time, and even if you were tying the same partner, you and their feelings will change every day, and the meaning behind the tie will transform as well…”

ISBN: 978-4-7769-1571-3

Publisher: Sanwa, 2016

Translation: Emi

Naka, Yukimura, Kinoko, Kai and Marai: Kawakami Yuu Kinbaku Shashin-shuu

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Naka, Yukimura, Kinoko, Kai and Marai tying Kawakami Yuu

川上ゆう緊縛写真集 (Kawakami Yuu Kinbaku Shashin-shuu)

Here is a glossy picture-book with Kawakami Yuu, tied in the different styles of Naka Akira, Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime, Kai and Marai Masato.

For details, see my earlier post here:

https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/sm-sniper-spring-2016-naka-kinoko-yukimura-kai-and-marai-tying-kawakami-yuu/

ISBN: 978-4-8130-7458-8

Publisher: Taiyohtosho, 2016

Kai-ichi Seda: ともこ 妖しさの彩り

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Kai-ichi Seda: ともこ 妖しさの彩り

Kai-ichi Seda, born 1933, was active under many pseudonyms (as was many other in SM-publishing of his generation), in this publication he is called ”Yasushi Arakawa”. You can read more about him here: http://www.nawapedia.com/index.php?title=Kai-ichi_Seda

Here, I will just mention that Kai-ichi Seda was working with the Kitan Club magazine in its last phase (1967–1975, as it was published by Akatsuki), and then went on to publish some other smaller magazines, including Sun & Moon where Roppongi Kaoru joined him for the first issues. It seems, Kai-ichi Seda made also several other collaborations with Roppongi Kaoru.

Publisher たざわ書房, 1982

Naka Akira and Sugiura Norio

 

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Naka Akira and Sugiura Norio

This series of glossy-print Photo-books in A4-format feature Sugiura Norio’s masterful photography of Kinbaku scenes. Rope-work is generally by Naka Akira. Each book comes with a full length DVD from the photo-shoots, sometimes documenting both the process of tying and the process of photography and posing.

悦虐の華 (2013 Jan)
ISBN 978-4-7769-0926-2

艶縄の餐宴 (2013 Nov)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1080-0

衣摺れの縄音 (2014 March)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1124-1

濃艶な縄人形 (2014 Aug)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1199-9

恥辱の館 (2015 Jan)
ISBN 978-4-7769-1271-2

Publisher: Sanwa

See an earlier post here about a publication in the same series:
https://kinbakubooks.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/osada-steve-and-naka-akira-縄の檻-nawa-no-ori-the-rope-cage/